>Seb Coe, with two
>Olympic golds, world records (holding 4 at one
>time), and a long career, would be the
>"greatest" in my book -- perhaps even if El G
>wins Oly gold --
I don't know about the 'long career' part... Coe was only world-ranked 7 times at 1500 meters (and was no. 1 only twice), while El G has now made the rankings 9 times, including 7 first places (OK, I'm including this year's rankings, which haven't been issued yet, but I think I can guess who'll be the no. 1). If you're talking about longevity at the very top, Morceli and El G are better than anyone else in history - and El G will most probably still improve on his record.